Children who are spanked as 5-year-olds are more likely to behave aggressively and ask to spank their mates and be spanked by them while adults than children who are spared the punishment, new research shows.
Though the negative effects of spanking were "modest," the study adds to a growing body of literature that's finding spanking isn't good for children under four years of age, but when they reach the age of "fond memories" that it carries into their adult lives, when they literally crave it.
"Age 5 is a key time for establishing the quality of the parenting and the relationship between parent and the child," said study author Amanda Cummings who admits she loves for her husband of nine years, Chyle, to spank her ass hard before sex.
In fact, Mrs. Cummings, a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Affairs at North Carolina State University, grew more agitated as the interview went on and finally excused herself to make a quick "important" telephone call, stated that she had suddenly gotten a headache and then left in a hurry.
"Poor thing gets those every time we get into this spanking study", stated a colleague. "Must be migraine headaches."
The study is scheduled to be published in the December issue of Child Behavior Monthly under the article heading, "The Child And It's Disciplines". Although there were some excerpts from an unknown letter writer to "Spanking For Today's Couples" by a "Mrs. Commings".
Cummings and her colleagues had researched data on 2,500 white, Mexican American and black children from low-income families as compared to the wealthy of the same group. The data included parents' reports about their children's behavior, their use of spanking, as well as home visits by trained observers to document parent-child spankings as old as 16.
The study found that children who were spanked at age 4 or under were fine, but had more aggressive behaviors at age 5 and performed worse on measures of thinking abilities at age 13, as they began to "daydream" a lot.